The New iPad

Did anyone who reads this blog think I could resist ordering the new iPad? It’s becoming more like a real computer. It’s already several unique musical instruments and I’m sure with more power we will see more audio innovation. For anyone just getting an iPad for the first time here’s a small selection of a few extra fun music apps to get you going: SoundyThingy, FunkBox, SynthX, The Badlion’s Garage Synth, SoundPrism, SampleWiz, sir Sampleton, Polychord, ZX Plectrum, abcdefg, Moog Filatron, Voicejam, LaDiDa and Scanner911.

“The A5X chip with quad-core graphics drives four times the pixels of iPad 2 yet it delivers the same smoothness and fluidity iPad is known for.” – apple.com

For more info: apple.com/ipad

Minitaur Flickr Set

Novamusik has posted some very nice photos of the new Moog Minitaur.

“It’s hard to imagine what else Moog could bring to such a straightforward concept as Minitaur, but members of the company have assured us that they have a very detailed road map sketched out for the instrument over the coming years.” – musicradar.com

For more info: moogmusic.com/products/taurus/minitaur

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Electrocomp

My most prized physical possession is an Electrocomp-101 synthesizer. It’s number 521 and my father brought it home to me from Fairleigh Dickinson University when they closed their music department. I was 16 years old and at the time I had no idea it was special. I watched it go up greatly in value and over the years learned how to use all it’s features like it’s ring modulator and 4th oscillator. Now that my father has been gone a while the synth is more important to me than it’s wood and knobs.

“In late February, 2012, former Pere Ubu synthesist Allen Ravenstine and current synthesist Robert Wheeler, two legendary figures of Cleveland’s punk rock scene met at Grant Avenue Studio to discuss and demonstrate the EML modular synthesizers that have been an integral part of the Pere Ubu sound for almost 40 years.” – booster744

For more info: indiegogo.com/I-Dream-of-Wires

Security Rack Screws

If someone is absolutely determined to steal everything in your recording studio chances are they can find a way. However most robberies are less planned and opportunistic. The quick tip of the day is to use Torx style security screws. Basically you replace your rack screws with these so most standard screwdrivers wont work. In most cases your rack itself will be too heavy and wired up steal quickly and the gear will be difficult to remove from it. The set above is available from most pro-audio dealers. So what’s to stop special music studio (or computer server) theives armed with Torx screwdrivers? You can have 100% unique custom screws and bits ordered tamperproof.com. Better safe than sorry.

“Tamperproof Screw Co. manufactures quality-made security screws that are tamper-resistant and virtually impossible to remove without the proper tools. Tamperproof has many types of security screws to choose from, along with spanners, fasteners, nuts, bolts, and more. Our security screws are tamperproof and are also the toughest and most durable fasteners you can find.” – tamperproof.com

For more info: sweetwater.com/search.php?s=security+screws

Fabfilter Saturn

Fabfilter has posted some info on their upcoming distortion/saturation plug-in called Saturn. It will be available later this week.

“FabFilter Saturn is a high quality multi-band distortion and saturation plug-in. From subtle, clean and warm tube or tape saturation to the wildest multi-band guitar amp effects: FabFilter Saturn delivers!” – Fabfilter

For more info: facebook.com/pages/FabFilter

Lip Syncing

Here are some examples of lip syncing gone wrong. We have a singer with an upside down microphone, a singer who falls off stage and keeps singing flawlessly and a singer who drops his mic and yet his vocal levels remain perfect. Why did I post these? Because they are funny.

“In the case of live concert performances, lip-synching is a commonly-used shortcut, but it can be considered controversial.” – Wikipedia

For more info: Music’s 15 Most Notorious Fakers & Lip-Synchers

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The Horrorist DJ Set March 3, 2012

The weekend is over but not for everyone. Here’s another “The Horrorist” DJ Set for everyone still going on a Monday and for all worker drones in cubicles. This week’s mix is a bit more party than last weeks. How about I give you an offical party story to go with this mix? About 10 years ago I performed in Amsterdam for some giant hardcore event. I think it was the Thunderdome 10 year thing. I did my show and was almost burnt alive Michael Jackson style when I climbed around on the stage and giant flames appeared out of the Thunderdome Wizard guy’s eyes. That must have what triggered my need to take a estacy pill. After and “after” is the key word I remembered Marc Acardipane asked me to sing Metal Man on stage while he did his thing. So of course he goes on and I jump up and as soon as I start screaming the lyrics the pills goes into overdrive. By the time I was done doing my best to scare everyone my legs were saying “hey I feel nice and light”. Those who know know what I mean. Anyway I walk around a look at 70,000 bald kids hopping like lunatics and get to the hotel with Matt Satronica. I do my best to keep my now well known reputation in order and find Marc Acardipane and other sober fools eating breakfast, order a shit ton of vodka, Jäger and whatever else. Satronica is a trooper and joins in as I abuse the wait staff. To make me feel better Acardipane charges all the alcohol to Lenny Dee’s room and Matt and I head into Amerstand to find DJ Jeroen Flammen. We figure he lives here and and well knows everyone so therefore knows where to score some more pills or anything else. We have the wrong address but unbelievably the taxi driver knows Flammen and take us there. Flammens not there and so we walk a bit and go into some Budist Monestary. It was cool but I’m not Zen and think religion is a waste of time so we walk some more. The sun is up and I’m still in my black show gear so it seemed fitting to go into some kinda of Dungeons and Dragons figurine store. They have those in Amsterdam and inside kids or unfortunately grown men play with toys and stage fake battles. I get into some deep conversations with everyone inside interupting every other sentence explaining that I’m “The Horrorist”. Eventually someone recognizes me or takes pitty and pretends they know who I am. It doesn’t matter my ego was healed for a minute so we left. Back into a cab and we basically told the guy we need to party ASAP. By then it was Monday and he said there was only one place called “The Living Room”. It was about 40 minutes outside the city but we had no choice so off we went. We get there and indeed the sign on the front door says, “The Living Room. Your Home for the Weekend!”. If you went there sober you would say something like, “Oh god horrible.”. Trashed on a Monday you say, “HOME!”. We go in and it’s all neon and blacklights. It’s half empty with a small round table in the center of the dance floor. I remember wondering “why the table?”. We drink and start dancing to extremely fast high energy trance. I look at Matt and he starts to sit down but I notice there’s someone in the seat. He ends up sitting on a very transexual person. I remember it being funny. In fact that moment alone was worth the years I took off my life for those 3 (ok 4) days. The club fills up with mega tranny’s and I’m in the middle of the dance floor with a full drink. I look next to me and there’s that table. I put my drink down and say, “ah that’s why!”. Enjoy this DJ set. No regrets.

“Thunderdome is a famous concept in hardcore techno and gabber music, and is mainly used for an ongoing series of parties and CD-albums. It is organized by the Dutch entertainment company ID&T. In 2002 the concept for the party was the ten year anniversary of Thunderdome.” – Wikipedia

For more info: thehorrorist.com